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  Updated: July 16, 2011

More holiness spreads in Karbala as 15 Sha’ban A’maal commence

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: As festivals and a’maal to mark fifteenth Sha’ban (night between 14-15 Sha’ban, Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17) began at the holy Shrine of Al-Imam Abi Abdellah Al-Hussein (pbuh) on Saturday, July 16, eve of Sha’ban 15, atmosphere in the holy city of Karbala is filled with further spirituality, bliss and happiness.

Statistics show that millions of devotees have reached this beautifully bedecked holy city to observe Zyarah Ash-Sha’baniyah, which is the best amal (deed) of this blessed night of Sha’ban 15.

From the advent of the month of Sha’ban, devotees from across the country and other parts of the world – young and old, men and women, mostly on foot, some individually, some in caravans -, carrying white, green and red banners were heading to the holy city to achieve the honor of visiting Imam Al-Hussein (pbuh) marking 15 Sha’ban.

Zyarah Ash-Sha`baniyah, or the mid Sha`ban visit to Al-Imam Al-Hussein (pbuh), is one of the most important zyaraat, according to narrations.

As various narrations urge this visit, flocks of believers had been in practice of heading to this holy city for the visit of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) shrine every year despite strict measures taken by the ousted despot Saddam regime which was used to commit atrocities against the pilgrims preventing them from going to holy Karbala this day. The devotees were used to defy tyrannical rule and persevered in performance of rituals of this visit sacrificing for this expensive and precious things subjecting themselves for security pursuit and detention many times.

In 1991 on this occasion, large number of pilgrims was martyred, went missing and detained at the hands of Baathist regime as a punishment for heading to Holy Karbala for visit of the holy Husseini Shrine.

Narrations from A’immah Ahlul Bayt (pbut) say that fifteenth night of Sha’ban is the best after the night of Qadr.

It has been narrated from holy Prophet (pbuh&hp)’s fifth infallible descendant Al-Imam Al-Baqer (pbuh) that: “This is the best night after the Night of Qadr. In this night, Allah grants the servants His favor and forgives them with His blessing, so spare no effort in nearing Allah therein. This is a night wherein Allah has made obligatory for Him He would not send one, who asks him, empty handed… and this is the night which Allah has made for Us - the Prophet's progeny (Ahlul Bayt) - as He made the Night of Qadr for our Prophet ...”

The birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp)’s last descendant Savior of Humanity Al-Imam Al-Hojjah bin Al-Hassan Al-Mehdi Al-Montazar (pbuh) in Sorra Mann Ra’a (Samarra), Iraq in 255 AH increased the honor and excellence of this night.

According to the sayings of holy Prophet (pbuh&hp), Imam Mehdi (pbuh) will return to deliver humanity from darkness and strife, and he will fill the earth with justice and equity as it would have been filled with oppression and injustice.

July 16 Saturday’s A’maal will culminate with the floating of hundreds of candles and letters to Imam Al-Mehdi – Imam of the Era (may Allah hasten his reappearance) - on a river in Holy Karbala at Sunday July 17 pre-dawn (Sha’ban 15).


 

 
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